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Is Kevin Garnett A Fake Thug?

Submitted by on April 20, 2010 – 10:21 am15 Comments

Kevin Garnett is a former NBA MVP, a winner of an NBA championship ring, a 13-time All-Star, a 12-time All-NBA teamer, a former Defensive Player of the Year and one of the greatest power forwards of all-time. Is he also the NBA’s number one fake thug?

The latest KG incident came in Boston’s first game against the Miami Heat in their current NBA playoff series. Garnett got tangled up with Miami’s Quentin Richardson (who could be Memphis Bleek’s long-lost brother), and threw an elbow to his head, resulting in a one-game suspension. This is how Q-Rich described it:

“He started to talk to me, so I talked back. I don’t have any business talking to [Garnett’s teammate Paul Pierce], he was on the ground crying. I don’t know what was going on, two actresses over there, that’s what they are.”

Richardson is 66”. Kevin Garnett is 612.** Let’s take a look at some of the other players Kevin Garnett has had confrontations with recently:

Jose Calderon (61)

Ben Gordon (63)

Some of you might be thinking that KG has also picked on guys his own size in the past, and you’d be half right. One of them was Atlanta’s Zaza Pachulia, who was blindsided by a KG elbow. Another was San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, he got a slap in the back of the head from behind. The third was Detroit’s Antonio McDyess. Check the clip of that incident here, and watch KG set a world record in backpedaling.

(We’re not even including Garnett yelling at teammate Glen “Big Baby” Davis while he was sitting on the bench—and making him cry. You can watch the clip here.)

However, two incidents which occurred during KG’s time with the Minnesota Timberwolves (where he played in relative obscurity) sum up his career as a so-called “enforcer” perfectly. The first involved an unheralded rookie named Rick Rickert, who scored on Garnett during an informal scrimmage. KG dealt with this by sucker-punching Rickert in the jaw, causing a wound that required seven stitches.

The other involved former teammate Anthony Peeler. The two players squared off during a Sacramento–Minnesota playoff game. As usual, KG found himself in a physical confrontation with a much smaller player—and the end result? Peeler sent KG to the floor with an elbow, then added a punch to the jaw for good measure. For the record, Peeler is 64.

Would Peeler have pulled this against some of the NBA’s legendary enforcers, guys like Charles Oakley or Rick Mahorn? Would an NBA player in the 1980s or 90s have called Xavier McDaniel an “actress”? No sir. So does this make Kevin Garnett a halfway crook? All signs point to yes.

(Just for fun, here’s a few of the links I came across while researching this article: “Kevin Garnett a psycho?”; “Which Celtic teammate will Kevin Garnett punch first?”; “Kevin Garnett: A History of Racism”)

** You are right, there’s no such height as 6’12″, but Garnett has called himself 6’12″ instead of 7’0″ so he isn’t pigeonholed into the typical role of a seven-footer.

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  • acemon says:


  • Matt says:

    Props to Peeler for tapping that actress ass when it was most needed. I never am a conder of violence, but when you’re ready to jump on everyone, someone has to remind you to sit back down.

  • dsuave allday says:

    Garnett, 6’12″… for real? Smh… Anyways, who cares. What type of post is this? If he shoot someone, is he real then? Oh and Q Rich look like Rocko and Bleek, LoL!

  • han says:

    Don’t forget that he got on his knees and barked like a dog at Bayless (6’3″). Bayless was a rookie. He scored over KG right after he pulled that stunt.

  • I love watching KG play basketball but must report that Garnett elbowed DJ Leon Smith in the head 13 times during the writing of this blog entry.

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  • Lakers Repeat 09-10 says:

    No KG is not a fake thug he’s a vice lord from out south

  • Nicely done! Taking a brotha back with the NBA fights.

  • Big Baby says:

    get off him he cant be no worse than fake rappers who aint really hood but just rap it he was looking on his team mate ya`ll stop hatin on my husband kevin babe keep it 100%

  • Well what does he do out in public? I would say he is but all the stuff is on court, so he might be doing it for rep sake, to mess with peoples heads. He probably knows he can get away with it because of his size, also people afraid of getting penalties etc. Aaaand it helps his role.

  • TheTRUTH says:

    C’mon Son if he did some real Gangsta Ish he would be a grade A dumbass for all the money he would blow. This is a Lose Lose convo for KG get off his jock. SC stand up!

  • DJ Leon Smith says:

    No one is wanting KG to do some “real gangsta ish” – but if he’s going to act a fool towards guards, he needs to stand up when someone his own size takes him on, which is something KG has shied away from.

  • El papio says:

    He is playing the role of enforcer along with Kendrick Perkins for the Celtics, nothing more, nothing less…
    The only reason he backs away is to avoid getting suspended.
    Remember in the old days (80″s Celtics,Pistons,etc)the rules and guidelines were different…
    If your man is down, you protect his space if you have ever been a part of any team,group,gang,etc. you would know that

  • Psmooth says:

    KG was getting into with Dwight Howard…while its true KG tends to pick on guys who arent exactly all-star caliber…theres a reason behind it. Guys like Anderson Varejao who are just pain in the asses…who are soley on the court just to irratate guys like Pierce and KG…KG doesnt put up with that and he has no problem in telling a scrub to fuck off.

  • rick says:

    Stop hatin on him. Ure really bored aren’t u. He’s a gud player. Point blank.

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